The Rangelands West collection includes articles, websites, reports, and multimedia resources focused on issues relevant to the Western U.S. Also included are resources emanating from the 19 land-grant universitires that are members of the Rangelands Partnership and made available throught their respective state Rangelands websites.
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Generally, riparian areas are among the most resilient ecosystems. Depending on condition and potential, they usually respond more quickly than drier upland ranges to changes in management. This document presents information from various land...
A Mobile App for Monitoring Grasslands. Monitoring is the key to good rangeland/pasture management and photo-monitoring can be a straight forward tool to use.
Cow poop photographs are compared with stock photos to determine the approximate crude protein and digestibility of there forage/food. Look for CowPoopAnalyzer in the App Store.
PastureMap is easy grazing management and cattle record keeping software. Make profitable decisions and keep everyone on the same page.
LandPKS is a free modular mobile phone app connected to cloud-based storage, global databases and models.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) impacts 48% of Wyoming’s land mass, much of which are vital to ranchers and the livestock grazing industry. Range improvement projects such as water developments or fences, and most importantly grazing...
Enacted into law on January 1, 1970, the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) transformed how government Agencies make decisions which may impact the environment: integrating environmental quality concerns into Federal policy and decision...
Archived Newsletters from The Rangelands Partnership
Grasslands are vast areas covered mostly by grass and grass-like plants.These areas don’t receive enough rainfall to grow trees or support a forest, but they don’t get too little either to become a desert. In the US they’re called prairies,...
It was a trust forced on the West more than 100 years ago, one that has defined us ever since: our public lands. They are a playground for many, the source of our water and wildlife. But there is a price to be paid when more than 60% of your state...
Public lands are lands and waters owned by all Americans and managed for us by the federal government. Over one quarter of America’s land mass is public land. These 640 million acres are managed for us primarily by four U.S. land management agencies...
Technical Reference 1737-23 (Revised). Multiple Indicator Monitoring (MIM) of Stream Channels and Streamside Vegetation was developed to provide information necessary for managers, landowners, and others to adaptively manage riparian resources. The...
Technical Reference 1737-21.
The purpose of this handbook is to provide guidance on the planning process used by the NRCS and many of its partners for developing, implementing, and evaluating individual conservation plans and area wide conservation plans.
This publication, Keys to Soil Taxonomy, Twelfth Edition, 2014, coincides with the 20th World Congress of Soil Science, to be held on Jeju Island, Korea in June 2014. The Keys to Soil Taxonomy serves two purposes. It provides the taxonomic keys...
A short publication describing how to release the biological control moth into pastures.
A quick factsheet of the biological control moth released to help combat fireweed in Hawaii.
Task Force Report, No. 129, December 1996. Covers the major aspects of political, social, and economic issues and controversies surrounding grazing on public lands.
The Native American Rangeland Training Initiative (NARTI) is a partnership between the Society for Range Management, tribal governments, and other tribal organizations to help tribal natural resource staff address challenges that impact the...
The U of A Range Program (aka Ecology, Management, and Restoration of Rangelands Program) is a rapidly growing program that has tripled its undergraduate numbers in just 2 years. The University of Arizona’s Rangeland Management club (Tierra Seca)...
Trichomoniasis (or Trich, as it is commonly referred to in the industry) is a reproductive disease in cattle that can seriously impact the bottom line of Arizona ranches and the cow-calf industry. This disease has been recognized...
In the fall of 2013, film maker Robin “Buz” Kloot, teamed up with the Natural Resources Conservation Service on a project to share the important role soil plays in all our lives. He began with a cross-country trek to interview some of the nation’s...
Ranchers on the plains of Eastern New Mexico work to restore depleted rangeland and adopt strategies to sustain valuable grassland resources for future generations. Ranchers demonstrate, first hand, management practices that dramatically increase...
Learn about invasive in the heartland
Biologist Peter Berthelson of Pheasants Forever took action to educate land managers how to burn and created burn trailers stocked with all the hardware required to safely conduct prescribed burns. Scotia, Neb. rancher Tom Hartman talks about...
This week on Playa Country, prescribed burning. Oklahoma State University's Dept. of Natural Resource Ecology & Management is researching effects of limited prescribed burning or "patch burning" to create a mosaic of patches...
Native Americans used fire to manage rangeland for thousands of years, but a 100-year burning hiatus followed settlement by Europeans of the North American heartland. Those decades of fire suppression allowed invasive plants to negatively alter the...
Rangelands provide a vast array of resources, products and values, including forage for livestock, habitat for wildlife, clean water, renewable energy, recreational opportunities, open space, and magnificent vistas. This website is designed for...
Ranchers and researchers restore a high-desert watershed.
A series of videos.
These talks were recorded during the plenary session of the Society for Range Management's 66th annual meeting in Oklahoma City. Additional unrecorded talks were given by David MJS Bowman and Stephen J Pyne.
Our grandparents were mostly farmers and ranchers, but now food is produced by less than 3% of the population. This tenuous situation is spreading across the world, from developed countries to the grasslands of Mongolia. The threat to remaining...
Rangelands are the least appreciated and one of the most endangered biomes in the US. Here are some reasons why we should care what happens to rangelands.
Various videos from The National Center for Atmospheric Research
SUMMARY The two-part Science Framework for Conservation and Restoration of the Sagebrush Biome published by the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station is a new, multi-scale approach to management of sagebrush ecosystems. The product...
In Nappan, Nova Scotia, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research scientist Yousef Papadopoulos is developing new grass and legume mixtures for cattle forage to improve the quality of meat and growth results. These beef trials are ongoing. Learn...
Traditional approaches for restoring streams often involve costly fixes that change the shape of the waterway using sophisticated designs and heavy construction machinery. While this “form-based restoration” is appropriate for certain areas, it’s...
The University of Arizona Library is a vital participant in the AgNIC Rangelands project and has contributed to the initiative in many ways. For example, in the mid-to-late 1990â s the Library digitized the backfiles of the Journal of Range...
What happens when you do a ten year experiment with researchers, ranchers, staff from environmental organizations, and federal and state land managers? This interactive fact sheet has the story of the collaboration and the lessons learned for...
Farmers and ranchers are talking a lot about soil health these days, because they appreciate how healthy soil supports productivity. But there are many dimensions to sustainable soil management—soil testing, crop rotation and tillage choices all...
Making changes on the farm or ranch involves taking risks. One or two years spent experimenting can lead to a financial hit too difficult to recover from. That’s where Western SARE’s Farmer/Rancher and Professional + Producer grants help out....